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Why NOT To Be Gluten Free April 8, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.

Being a vegetarian = easy peasy.
Being gluten free = a constant challenge and a sometimes sacrifice.


I am re-thinking my options.

Instead of “slim and trim,” maybe I should aim for “fat and sassy”? 😛

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Life is short . . . seize the day (and the pizza!).

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Aah . . . that’s better!

To read an appetizing comment thread and insight filled post:  Odds & Ends on Observations (Kate)



1. Jill Weatherholt - April 8, 2019

I’ll NEVER give up my pizza or cheese! 🙂

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

I understand your sentiment 100%, Jill. So glad I found Dairy Relief pills so that I can enjoy C~H~E~E~S~E!

2. rivergirl1211 - April 8, 2019

I love me some gluten. Thank God I’m not allergic…. life wouldn’t be worth living without bread and pizza!!

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

I’ve been without both for the past 2 months ~ OK when I’m eating in but hard when we’re out and about. Since I haven’t seen many benefits, I’m taking a break from being GF . . . and I’m enjoying every bite!

rivergirl1211 - April 9, 2019

Long live bread!And it’s better half, butter.

3. joyroses13 - April 8, 2019

As someone who has to be gluten free because of a gluten allergy I would never be GF just for diet purposes! Way too hard and I know you will hear different opinions about this but it’s really NOT a healthy diet option when you don’t need it. Just sharing what I have learned over time.

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

Being GF wasn’t just for diet purposes ~ I had a number of other minor ailments that seemed to disappear the first time I went GF 2 years ago. I was hoping the same thing would happen this time, but the hoped for benefits haven’t materialized. So it’s time for re-evaluation.

joyroses13 - April 8, 2019

Sorry it didn’t work!
I just know that it seemed like there almost was a “fad” going on about hopping on the GF bandwagon and it’s just not a wagon that I would ever choose if I didn”t need to!

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

Agreed! Maybe the first time was a fluke . . . but I had less pain, I slept better, my mood was better, I lost weight without “dieting,” etc. This time, none of those benefits materialized.

I could remain GF if the benefits were “worth it” (i.e., to avoid feeling miserable) but not just because of a “fad.”

4. Kate Crimmins - April 8, 2019

I had to reread my post to see what I said! 🙂 I have IBS issues and was tested for a gluten allergy. I don’t have any so my doc said that going gluten free won’t make a difference for the IBS. I’m grateful for that. I worked with a woman with Celiac and yikes. I would find it hard.

joyroses13 - April 8, 2019

Glad you don’t have it!
It is hard, but over time you do adjust to it! Though my taste buds still salivate when I see certain foods!!

Kate Crimmins - April 8, 2019

You do what you have to do!

joyroses13 - April 8, 2019

Very true! For yes my mouth may water but I am not tempted to take a bite when I know how sick I can get, that’s a big deterrent, which does make it easier to handle.

Kate Crimmins - April 8, 2019

There are foods I can’t eat because they irritate my IBS. Cheesecake is definitely off limits and I’ve lost my taste for it. Rich foods, greasy foods. No cream sauces. I get you. I’m so grateful that pizza and carbs are ok. Can’t drink wine either.

joyroses13 - April 8, 2019

Yes, it’s just not worth it when it makes you feel miserable afterwards!

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

Being a GF Vegetarian makes for “slim pickings” at most restaurants ~ most GF options aren’t vegetarian and most vegetarian options aren’t GF.

Since the hoped for benefits aren’t materializing, I think I’m going to enjoy a slightly less restrictive diet, especially if we want to eat out.

joyroses13 - April 8, 2019

Yes restaurants are hard, especially if you are vegetarian too. They are a lot better than when I first started , they have made progress but still not enough.

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

My sister is GF but she LOVES ordering seafood and salads when she goes out. Not me. Other than lobster, I don’t get too excited about seafood . . . unless it’s fried.

And fried almost always means it’s not GF. 😛

joyroses13 - April 8, 2019

I do love seafood and have learned to enjoy salads more. 🙂
Yeah, fried is usually not a good sign if you want something GF. I still go to some restaurants where I have asked about GF options and they say What do you mean Gluten free? That’s usually my sign to find another restaurant. 🙂

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

I’m impressed at how fast the landscape has changed ~> more and more restaurant menus list “GF” options . . . even if they are not options that appeal to me as much as my old faves.

5. Tippy Gnu - April 8, 2019

Rather than gluten free, perhaps it’s more healthy to focus on being glutton free.

anotherday2paradise - April 8, 2019

Ah yes, pizza and crusty bread. Two of life’s most enjoyable foods. 😅

Tippy Gnu - April 8, 2019

Sounds good to me. Let’s have lunch.

anotherday2paradise - April 8, 2019

Yay!! 😃

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

Glutton free = the way to be!
Thanks, TG.

How was lunch?

Tippy Gnu - April 8, 2019

Lunch was worrisome. I’m nervous about stepping on the scale tonight.

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

Step Away From The Scale! 😯

6. Ally Bean - April 8, 2019

At first I though the title of this post was about being glutton free. Made for a confused first reading of a very fine post about gluten. Forget the roses, I need to slow down and read the titles…

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

And seeing Luigi’s bulging belly mid-page ~> WHAT!?

7. Piglet in Portugal - April 8, 2019

Sigh… I had to go gluten free for medical reasons… and I sooo miss my pastries and cake when we take coffee in local cafes.

joyroses13 - April 8, 2019

I feel your pain!

nrhatch - April 8, 2019

Good luck finding some sweet treats, PiP.

I’ve had some really delicious GF cookies & pies ~ GF flour also makes a delicious cornbread. But it’s hard to get chewy bread and chewy pizza crust and chewy bagels if the gluten is removed.

8. Behind the Story - April 9, 2019

I’m sensitive to wheat, dairy, and eggs. I try to avoid all three, but when I’m going to cheat, I choose desserts. I like pizza and bread, but I can do without them.

nrhatch - April 9, 2019

Dairy is an issue for me ~ resolved with a Dairy Relief pill when I choose to indulge. BTW: I’d happily give you my dessert while chewing chewy slices of pizza and bread. 😀

9. L. Marie - April 9, 2019

I LOOOOOOVE bread!!!!

nrhatch - April 9, 2019

Me too!

10. Debra - April 11, 2019

I’m with you, Nancy! I am not overweight and I eat bread! A fair amount of it as I bake bread, primarily sourdough, and several times a week. I think bread has been given a bad rap. Unless someone is really gluten sensitive, I’d be careful of other things, and not worry about bread! I love good bread and don’t need it slathered something that would add unnecessary calories. 🙂

nrhatch - April 11, 2019

I might be gluten sensitive ~> when I eat bread, etc., I experience increased aches and pains which seem to dissipate when I omit wheat from my diet. I noticed a number of other benefits when I omitted wheat from my diet for 6 mos. in 2017. And, as an added bonus, I lost 11 pounds.

This time, I haven’t noticed the same benefits and I’ve been feeling “deprived” . . . so I’m going to enjoy bread for a bit. 😀

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